Nationwide Teams up with Toyota to Offer Insurance Featuring Telematics Solution

Nationwide | February 24, 2020

Whether they're driving a new Toyota off the lot or already have one in the driveway, car owners behind the wheel of a Toyota connected vehicle now have an easier way to get insurance. Nationwide and Toyota Insurance Management Solutions (TIMS) have teamed up to launch TIMS BrightDrive™ i, a Toyota insurance experience that simplifies the purchasing process while rewarding customers for their safe driving. TIMS BrightDrive uses driving data collected from the connected vehicle to provide a discount based on the customer's driving behavior. Toyota customers who purchase an auto insurance policy and opt-in to share their driving data will automatically receive an initial 10% SmartRide® participation discountii. Upon completing the collection of driving data for 90 days, customers can earn up to a 40% final discount. "Consumer expectations for insurance solutions that are fast, simple and add value continue to grow," said Nationwide CEO, Kirt Walker. "Nationwide and Toyota believe that customers should benefit from their personal data. We are excited to partner on the introduction of a new solution that will make the process even easier."

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An important corporate function is reducing exposure to risk. Very often, corporations purchase insurance on the commercial market to protect their interests. In some cases, a company may not be able to acquire the coverage it needs to cover certain risks, or the premium may be prohibitively expensive. In these cases, companies can consider using a captive insurance company to achieve their risk-management objectives. A captive operates similarly to a commercial insurance company. However, the primary role of the captive is to insure or reinsure the risk exposure of the parent company and its affiliates. Employers may gain tax and investment advantages by owning a captive. This white paper will provide background on the formation of captives and explain how a captive reinsurance arrangement can be used for employee benefits.

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An important corporate function is reducing exposure to risk. Very often, corporations purchase insurance on the commercial market to protect their interests. In some cases, a company may not be able to acquire the coverage it needs to cover certain risks, or the premium may be prohibitively expensive. In these cases, companies can consider using a captive insurance company to achieve their risk-management objectives. A captive operates similarly to a commercial insurance company. However, the primary role of the captive is to insure or reinsure the risk exposure of the parent company and its affiliates. Employers may gain tax and investment advantages by owning a captive. This white paper will provide background on the formation of captives and explain how a captive reinsurance arrangement can be used for employee benefits.

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The Motus Solution | March 02, 2022

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